Critical Analysis of the Military Justice System (JAG)(SC)

Section 9, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 1/5
Credits: 1
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • W
  • 1010-1200
  • JAG
03/22/2023 05/17/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

For over 50 years, the Uniform Code of Military Justice has been cobbled together through statute and case law into our present military criminal code. Some portions of the Code have remained virtually unchanged while others have been repealed or amended several times. The Military Justice Act of 2016 brought substantial changes to the code, while some of the Military Justice Review Group’s (MJRG) recommendations were not implemented (like preserving Article 66 as originally written). Congress continues to contemplate further fundamental changes to the military justice system, such as the Military Justice Improvement Act. If given the opportunity, would you rewrite the UCMJ? If so, why and how? This elective takes a deeper look at the UCMJ and critically analyzes both its history and present application. Students will analyze the history of the military justice system and the process through which changes to the UCMJ are made; evaluate the status and utility of the current Articles; and propose possible changes to the UCMJ. Classes are conducted in a seminar format with some guest speakers.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Grades are based on classroom participation, an oral presentation project, and two short (1-2 page written submissions) papers.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: The instructors for this course are MAJ DRAY AND MAJ MORMAN, and guest speakers. This course meets at the JAG School during its 4th Quarter, March 20 – May 19. ATTENDANCE: Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session will be processed in accordance with the Academic Policies. NOTE: due to weather, holidays, military requirements, etc., individual class sessions at the JAG School are subject to rescheduling on occasion. The JAG School attempts to reschedule make-ups at the same day/time slot, but there may be times when a meeting session date/time will not occur in the same day/time slot. All absences must be approved by the instructor. ENROLLMENT: Students seeking to enroll in this course must complete and timely submit a request form to SRO. SRO will begin collecting enrollment applications at an announced time in the fall term, and the JAG School has final approval for any enrollment requests. The JAG School intends to finalize the roster of approved UVA Law students in this course by Jan. 31.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
ABA Seminar
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, May 17, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 21, 11:59 PM